[img align=left]http://www.ship.edu/~cgboeree/jung3.JPG[/img]Many people have no understanding of the writings and work of Carl Gustav Jung. They read second hand trollop and highly selective quotes and miss out on an important view on the point at which we find ourselves.
Jung was accused of Nazi sympathies and was good friends with Goerings brother. True, Jung thought the rize of the Nazi's may have meant a true renaissance in Germany and he despised the Bolshevicks and like many Europeans was terrified of the USSR. When he attended a Nazi rally in the late 30's he saw what he considered the "mindless group think" that he despised in the Bolshevicks brewing and wrote intensely against it. To the point that when Hitler considered invading Switzerland he was told to hide as he was high on the hit list.
Jung was in short a brilliant and at times obscure 'truth seeker'. Obscure mainly because the subject matter was inherently difficult to comprehend. The human psyche itself.
Jung has had more influence than you can imagine on people in power. Some good and some bad. His writings are indeed dangerous and can be easily used for good or evil.
Sir Laurens Va Der Post, mentor to Prince Charles and Godfather to the young Princes was one of Jungs many friends...for good or ill. Wolfgang Pauli and Einstein were also Jungs good friends.
Jungs private life was a disgrace. By any measure. This is probably a good thing or else his followers would have had him up for sainthood in the Catholic church by now.
The dogma represents the soul more completely than a scientific theory, for the latter expresses and formulates the conscious mind alone. Furthermore, a theory can do nothing but formulate a living thing by abstract notions. The dogma, on the contrary, expresses aptly the living process of the unconscious in the form of the drama of repentance, sacrifice and redemption. It is rather astonishing, from this point of view, that the Protestant schism could not have been avoided. But since Protestism has become the creed of the adventurous Germanic tribes with their characteristic curiosity, acquisitiveness and recklessness, it seems to be possible that their peculiar character could not quite agree with the peace of the church, at least not for any length of time. It looks as if they were not quite prepared to have a process of salvation happen to them and for a submission to a deity crystalised in the magnificent structure of the church.
There was perhaps, to much of the Imperium Romanun or of the Pax Romana in the church, too much, at least for their energies that were and are still insufficiently domesticated.
It is quite likely that they were in need of an unmitigated and less controlled experience of God, as often happens to adventuress and restless people, too youthful for any form of conservatism or resignation. They removed therefore, the intercessation of the church between God and man, some more and some less. Owing to the abolition of protective walls the Protestant has lost the sacred images expressive of important unconscious factors, together with the ritual, which since time immemorial, has been a safe way of dealing with the unaccountable forces of the unconscious mind.
A great amount of energy thus became liberated and went instantly into the old channels of curiosity and acquisitiveness, by which Europe became the Mother of Dragons that devoured the greater part of the earth.
Since those days Protestantism has become a hotbed of schisms and at the same time, of a rapid increase of science and technics which attracted human consciousness to such an extent that it forgot the unnacountable forces of the unconscious mind.
The catastrophe of the great war and the subsequent manifestations of a profound mental disturbance were needed to arouse a doubt that everything was well with the white mans mind. When the war broke out we had been quite certain that the world could be righted by rational means. Now we behold the amazing spectacle of the States taking over the age old claim of theocracy, that is, of totality, inevitably accompanied by suppression of free opinion.
We see again people cutting each others throats to support childish theories of how to produce paradise on earth. It is not very difficult to see the powers of the underworld - not to say of hell - which were formerly more or less successfully chained and made serviceable in a gigantic mental edifice, are now creating, or trying to create, a State slavery and a State prison devoid of any mental or spiritual charm. There are not a few people, nowadays, who are convinced that mere human reason is not entirely up to the task of fettering the volcano.
This whole development is fate. I would not blame Protestantism or the Renaissance for it. But one thing is certain - that modern man, Protestant or not, has lost the protection of the ecclesiaticaql walls carefully erected and reinforced since Roman days, and on account of that loss has approached the zone of world destroying and world creating fire. Life has become quickened and intensified. Our world is permeated by restlessness and fear.
PSYCHOLOGY AND RELIGION.